Wandsworth leads the way as river travel soars
Published: Thursday 27th February 14
Major improvements to Wandsworth’s riverbus services are attracting more and more local commuters onto the Thames.
Riverbus services going from strength to strength
The Putney to Blackfriars route has now seen a 130 per cent increase in passenger numbers since its re-launch in April 2013.
As demand has increased more services have been added to the timetable with some boats now travelling direct to Canary Wharf.
Journey times from Putney to central London are now just over 40 minutes as Thames Clippers’ modern catamarans outpace their predecessors.
Unlike other public transport options the boats have coffee shops on-board and free wi-fi.
Services stop in the borough at Putney Pier and Wandsworth Riverside Quarter.
The town hall is using its planning powers to secure new passenger piers at Plantation Wharf and Battersea Power Station.
Enhancing Thames riverbus services is central to the council’s travel choices campaign which sets out a blueprint for improving the range and quality of local transport options.
Cllr Russell King, Wandsworth’s transport spokesman, said:
“We worked long and hard to help secure a riverbus service with the frequency and speed today’s commuters expect. I’m delighted so many local people are now enjoying this new travel option and we will continue our efforts to build up the timetable and deliver new piers.
“Our transport network is developing fast. We now have the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme in the north of the borough, a vastly improved riverbus service and longer trains are now coming into services on our railways.
“The Northern Line Extension is on course to bring the Tube to Battersea by 2020 and looking further ahead the proposed Crossrail 2 scheme would connect Tooting Broadway and Clapham Junction to the underground network. We are also making the case for a new direct rail link to Heathrow, the removal of the Wandsworth gyratory and new bus connections for Roehampton.”
Find out more about the council’s transport development plans at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/travelchoices